Alpha Chamaeleontis

Alpha Chamaeleontis, Latinized from α Chamaeleontis, is a solitary[10] star in the southern circumpolar constellation of Chamaeleon. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.06[2] and thus is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. With an annual parallax shift of 51.12 mas,[1] it is located 63.8 light years from the Sun. The star is drifting closer with a radial velocity of −13 km/s,[4] and is predicted to come to within 47 light-years in 666,000 years.[5]

α Chamaeleontis
Chamaeleon IAU.svg
Red circle.svg
Location of α Chamaeleontis (circled)
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0 (ICRS)
Constellation Chamaeleon
Right ascension 08h 18m 31.55319s[1]
Declination −76° 55′ 10.9964″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.06[2]
Spectral type F5 V Fe-0.8[3]
U−B color index −0.04[2]
B−V color index +0.40[2]
Radial velocity (Rv)−13.4±0.5[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: 111.12[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 107.49[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π)51.12 ± 0.12 mas[1]
Distance63.8 ± 0.1 ly
(19.56 ± 0.05 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV)+2.59[5]
Mass1.42[6] M
[7] R
Luminosity7.542±0.062[7] L
Surface gravity (log g)4.28±0.14[6] cgs
[7] K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.26[3] dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)0[8] km/s
Age1.8[6] Gyr
Other designations
α Cha, Alf Cha, CPD−76° 507, GJ 305, HD 71243, HIP 40702, HR 3318, SAO 256496[9]
Database references

This is an F-type main sequence star with a stellar classification of F5 V Fe−0.8,[3] where the 'Fe−0.8' notation indicates an anomalously low abundance of iron. It has an estimated 1.4 times the mass of the Sun,[6] 2.1 times the Sun's radius,[7] and radiates 7.5 times the solar luminosity from its outer atmosphere at an effective temperature of 6,580 K.[7] The star is around 1.8[6] billion years old with a projected rotational velocity that is too low to be measured.[8] The star has been examined for an infrared excess that would suggest the presence of an orbiting debris disk, but none was found.[11]


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  6. ^ a b c d e David, Trevor J.; Hillenbrand, Lynne A. (2015), "The Ages of Early-Type Stars: Strömgren Photometric Methods Calibrated, Validated, Tested, and Applied to Hosts and Prospective Hosts of Directly Imaged Exoplanets", The Astrophysical Journal, 804 (2): 146, arXiv:1501.03154, Bibcode:2015ApJ...804..146D, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/804/2/146, S2CID 33401607.
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  10. ^ Eggleton, P. P.; Tokovinin, A. A. (September 2008), "A catalogue of multiplicity among bright stellar systems", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389 (2): 869–879, arXiv:0806.2878, Bibcode:2008MNRAS.389..869E, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13596.x, S2CID 14878976.
  11. ^ Gáspár, András; et al. (May 2013), "The Collisional Evolution of Debris Disks", The Astrophysical Journal, 768 (1): 29, arXiv:1211.1415, Bibcode:2013ApJ...768...25G, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/768/1/25, S2CID 119295265, 25.